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France teachers attack: Seven people to attend court over Samuel Patty’s death

Seven people will appear before an anti-terrorism judge as part of an investigation into the beheading of a school teacher in France. Undated photo of Samuel PatySamuel Patty, 47, was attacked after he showed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils.

The attacker, 18-year-old Abdul lakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police. Two minors as well as a parent who reportedly exchanged text messages with the killer are among those who will appear in court on Wednesday.

Mr. Patty was subject to an online hate campaign after he showed the cartoons in two lessons about free speech earlier this month.

The campaign was allegedly launched by a father of one of his pupils. The 48 year old, who has been named in French media only as Brahim , is accused of issuing a “fatwa” against the teacher.

He is also reported to have exchanged a number of text messages with Mr. Patty’s killer prior to the attack, which happened close to the teacher’s school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

The two minors who are set to appear in court are suspected of having taken money in exchange for information on Mr. Patty.

Sixteen people were arrested as part of the investigation, but nine have since been released.

Police raided some 40 homes following the attack, and the government also ordered a mosque to close for six months.

The Pantin mosque, just north of Paris, was closed after it emerged it had shared videos on Facebook calling for action against Mr. Patty.

In one clip, posted just days before the attack, it also shared his school’s address.

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